Carr sailing in the Bahamas in 1981.
Carr sailing in the Bahamas in 1981. (Courtesy The Carr Family/Art by Petra Zeiler)
Adventures in Audio

Weekend Read: An SOS from the Middle of the Ocean

Carr sailing in the Bahamas in 1981.

Richard Carr was halfway across the Pacific, alone on a 36-foot yacht, when he began sending frantic alerts that he was being kidnapped by pirates. The retired psychologist had set off from Mexico 26 days earlier and was bound for the Marquesas Islands on the first leg of a lifelong dream: sailing around the world. But when his family woke up to a series of frightening and confusing messages, it became their nightmare. In this episode of our Weekend Read series, Carr’s daughter, Alicia Carr-Troxell tells the mysterious story of his final voyage.


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